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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by k.h. ky on June 17, 2014 at 8:55pm
Does anyone know what a large cluster of, small, bugs could be on my oak trees?? They're on the bark. When I took a photo they came out looking like tiny yellow jackets.
I've spent the past few hours searching the internet and still can't find them.??
Comment by BarbaraSATX on June 17, 2014 at 8:35pm

Joan, ironically enough went out with Rio awhile ago - and my lantana plant has what appears to be powdery mildew on it!  Went back online to do further reading.  Discovered there a many different fungi that cause it, but all do their best in high humidity and moderate temps - and here I am in the middle of both.  Aphids apear to be the major carrier of it as you obviously know. Currently only on one plant and I'm going to spray it to hopefully keep from entire plant. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 17, 2014 at 7:49pm

A belated thanks to Chris who identified my weed - or volunteer flower - photo as delphinium.  I am not sure.  It's much tinier flower than the delphiniums I have seen.  On the other hand, this one is wild and the ones I have seen were tame.  So maybe!  Anyway, thanks!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2014 at 5:41pm

king, I understand your dismay with the way the USA is going. You take on a real adventure and being young, you probably have the stamina to make such a move. Be sure to keep in touch when you do go and let us know if it is any better in New Zealand. They do have more environmentally friendly policies, as I understand it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2014 at 5:39pm

Barbara, very good ideas. I like the vinegar, baking soda and salt idea. That makes life much easier. 

Thanks for the recipe for soda fungicide. Yes, powdery mildew is one of the problems. Another is that is persistent is shotgun or artillery fungus. I have it because I have wood chunks for my pathways, so I create my own problem. I don't want a stone or other materials. 

Yes, we have an excellent extension agent here attached to the horticulture research at Washington State University. They provide excellent support. 

Comment by king on June 17, 2014 at 5:26pm
This will be a couple years done the road for me
Comment by k.h. ky on June 17, 2014 at 5:25pm
Stupid auto correct.
Comment by k.h. ky on June 17, 2014 at 5:25pm
Congrats King. Are we all invited tovvisit?
Comment by king on June 17, 2014 at 5:09pm
As far as I can find as long as you are trained in a job field in demand in new zealand and with a degree in math there are so many jobs I can do
Comment by BarbaraSATX on June 17, 2014 at 4:45pm

Joan, I found this online. I've never tried it.  I'm learning I only need three things in life to live: a bottle of vinegar, a box of baking soda, and a box of salt. Create anything with it. :) 

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Baking soda makes an inexpensive control for powdery mildew on plants. The baking soda fungicide is mostly effective as a preventative, offering only minimal benefits after your plants have become infected. Weekly spraying of susceptible plants during humid or damp weather can greatly reduce the incidence of powdery mildew in your garden.

To control powdery mildew on plants, mix together:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of liquid soap
  • 1 gallon of water

Do not store unused mixture. While this recipe has been known to be effective, it can burn the leaves of some plants. It is recommended that you water your infected plants well a couple of days before applying this mixture, and don’t apply it in full sun. Try on a small area first, to test the plant’s response before spraying the entire plant.

Some recipes also recommend applying 1 tablespoon of ultralight horticultural oil to the mixture. The oil coats and smothers the fungi. The soap is added to help the mix spread and cling to the leaf surface. Be sure to apply to lower leaf surfaces as well.

 

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